Some food for thought as you head into the weekend. Already the 3rd weekend of the NFL season. Wow, another week and we’ll be a quarter of the way through another NFL season. Man, time flies…
Should be no surprise to you.
Man, time just rockets by when you’re looking for a job or if the future is looking bleak. Man, do I get that…
And each day, the urgency and pressure builds…
Because the last thing you want or need to be is a statistic that lumps you in with the group of those who just dropped out of the job market. By the way, how do those people survive. I read about people who just stop looking and I wonder – how to do they survive. I wish them well and hope they get back in the game. What other choice is there?
Read an interesting article from Andrea Coombes, “Getting a job: It is about who you know.” In that article, Ms. Coombes states that 46% of new hires in 2012 for EY (formerly Ernst&Young) came through their referral program.
46% – are you kidding me!!??
Wow – if you want a job with EY, guess which program you need to hook up with immediately, as in yesterday!
“EY is not alone. Twenty-one percent of consulting firm Accenture’s new hires in fiscal year 2012 came through the company’s employee referral program, and the company is looking to increase that figure. “We are working to make employee referrals our No. 1 source of new talent,” said John Campagnino, the company’s managing director for global talent acquisition…”
Read more of Ms. Coombes’ article by going here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/getting-a-job-it-is-about-who-you-know-2013-09-20
Goals and Affirmations
I’ve been doing that this week and it’s really thought-provoking.
I had hernia surgery last Thursday, so I’ve been recovering and taking care of the kids. And this has given me some time to reflect on what my deepest needs and motivators are.
I worked on four areas:
- Daily Affirmations
- 2013 Goals
- 2014 Goals
- Lifetime Goals
I’m a big believer in Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits philosophy. I remember reading his book for the 1st time back in the early 90’s. At the time, I wasn’t into self-books and positive mental attitude books. But after reading a couple of Og Mandino’s booklet, I – actually I don’t remember what caused me to read Dr. Covey’s book.
But I did – and it was profound.
I never realized that without a mission statement – without a personal Constitution – I was basically drifting along with the current. I was reacting to one crisis to another, from one life’s event to another. I thought I was in control. I thought I was being “pro-active.” But really I was kidding myself.
And through that book, I learned of Viktor Frankl (I wrote of him previous in my article “The salvation of man is through love and in love” – Viktor Frankl) and his teachings. One great teacher leading to another…
Quick Aside – Three Most Profound Quotes from Viktor Frankl
- “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
- “The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.”
- “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.”
Oh, where was I?
If you haven’t, then take time to put on paper your goals for the balance of this year. Put it on paper and read it every day. Look at where you want to be by year’s end.
Everyday, do one task that will bring you closer to those goals. Or walk it back. What are the things that must happen at what time/intervals for you to hit those goals by years end. Those are your daily and weekly to-do’s.
Where do you want to be – or need to be – at the end of 2014. Write it down. Read it. What must you do daily, weekly, monthly to make that happen? Write it down.
Go get the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (no cash – did I mention – THE Library!!!) and read Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind. Once you read it, write out your life goals. You can do it.
Saturday Night Live used to spoof this stuff quite a bit. For that matter, so did I. But in retrospect that was foolish of me. Daily affirmations are a good thing.
We get negativity everywhere we go. Sometimes it’s negativity from the get-go to the finish line. And if no one is going to up lift you and edify you – well then – it’s up to you to do it.
Why not tell yourself that you will be successful because you deserve success. Nothing wrong with that.
Tell yourself that several times a day, and what the heck, you might start believing it. You might “being” it. And you might become successful.
what’s the worst that could happen if you start using daily affirmations. Nothing. That’s it. That’s the worst that could happen. Nothing.
Which is pretty much what’s happening now, right?
What’s the best that could happen. You could convince yourself into success.
So there’s your weekend homework assignment.
Let me know how it goes.
Good Luck, Hyo